by Javier ManjarresLast week, a group of 27 Republican and Democrat U.S. Senators penned a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to outline the steps President Obama and his administration were taking in order to end the recent spate of violence against Israeli citizens by Palestinian based terror groups and their supporters. The violence has been highlighted by the brutal murder of a young Israeli family and the persistent mortar shelling into Israel from Palestinian positions outside of Israel proper. While many of the Senators named in letter have been solid supporters of Israel, it seems as if several of these Senators were all too eager to get their names on this letter more for PR purposes than simply to be on the right side of this issue.
The one very noticeable name who was not included in the letter and perhaps was purposely excluded is that of Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio is considered one of the staunchest supporters of Israel and its struggle to live free from enemy aggression. Just two weeks after his historic victory last November 2010, Rubio made it a point to visit Israel. And as Rubio has been a consistent supporter of Israel, he has also expressed his opposition to President Obama’s disgraceful foreign policy towards Israel. And it was Rubio who stepped up on Israel’s behalf when he defied world opinion by openly asserting that he believes that Jerusalem, not Tel-Aviv, is the true capitol of Israel. Rubio’s bona fides on Israel are solid- so the question remains why wasn’t Rubio included in the letter to Secretary Clinton?
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Recently, Senator Rubio issued this statement after the latest terrorist bombing in Jerusalem:
“The bombing in Jerusalem is another tragic reminder of the persistent threats to Israel’s security. I condemn this murderous act in the strongest terms and pray for the victims, their families and the entire state of Israel that mourns… As long as terrorists reject Israel’s right to exist and deploy these types of heinous acts, there cannot be lasting peace in the region. America has a responsibility to stand with Israel and support its right to protect the Israeli people. We must also insist that the onus for change to achieve a two-state solution be on rejecting violence and accepting Israel’s existence.”- Senator Marco Rubio